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    Re: USS Fitzgerald collision with container ship
    From: Bruce J. Pennino
    Date: 2017 Jun 19, 00:23 -0400
    There is so much here that is difficult to understand. How can a modern USN destroyer not have gotten out of the way?  Radar tracking all nearby ships? Would it be standard procedure for a collision alarm to sound a minute or two in advance as the container ship closed on the destroyer?  Get people out of bunks! Sad beyond words.
     
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    From: Frank Reed
    Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:38 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: USS Fitzgerald collision with container ship
     

    Reports are now coming in that some of the seven missing sailors have been found dead in the flooded spaces:
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-navy-ship-collides-merchant-vessel-off-coast/story?id=48092522.

    The point of impact below the waterline is apparently very close to one of the main berthing areas, a large compartment full of bunks. It's a terrible scenario: at the instant of that tremendous impact, deep in the night at 2:30 in the morning, when dozens and dozens of young men and women were asleep in their bunks, the steel hull would have opened like a cracked egg. The sea poured in, and some were trapped and drowned.

    Frank Reed

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